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Vista Ridge Trail Party (Crosscut Logout)

September 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Crew Leader: Vito P.
Hike Distance: Up to 5 miles
Elavation Gain: up to 1000′
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: Clearing logs located whithin the trail with crosscuts and hand saws

Overview: Vista Ridge Trail (#626) is located within wilderness boundaries of the Mt. Hood National Forest and it heads south toward the Timberline Trail from the junction with Old Vista Ridge. There are a total of 22 logs as of late August on a 2.4 mile section of the trail between the Old Vista Ridge junction and the Eden Park Trail (just short of the Timberlibe Trail). This will be a logout, reviewing elements of PCTA’s 103 Basic Saw Crew course. Please review the JHA for crosscut saw: Crosscut JHA, signed after a briefing at the trailhead safety talk. Everyone and anyone interested is using crosscut saws is encouraged to sign up. This is a great opportunity for unexperienced to gain more skills for future saw certifications.

What to Expect, Project Description: Please check the weather forecast day of, bring layers and be ready for all types of weather. We will start working around 9AM and work till 12PM for a lunch break. Then we will work till 2:30PM and get back to the cars no later than 3:30PM. We will have two saw teams with two instructors each, plus additional crew leaders to divide out brushing and down limbs from additional areas of the trail corridor. No sawyer experience required.

Hiking information – This section of trail is 2.4 miles long with some elevation gain, but over all a not too exhaustive hiking experience. Volunteers should expect to hike between 2-5 miles total.

What to bring: (Please note – these items are mandatory at every work party!)

  • Water  

  • Snacks

  • Lunch

  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)

What to wear: (Please note- these items are mandatory at every work party!)

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

  • Long sleeved shirts, long pants

  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions to Vista Ridge Trailhead (no cell coverage, plan before you go): 

From Zigzag: drive about 10.5 miles north on Lolo Pass Road to Lolo Pass and take the second right onto gravel FS 18, which is signed for Lost Lake. After 5.5 miles of gravel the pavement resumes, and 5 miles beyond that (a total of 10.5 miles from Lolo Pass) make a sharp right onto paved FS 16, where a sign points to Vista Ridge Trail #626. 


From the Lolo Pass Road junction, drive 5.4 miles on paved FS 16, then turn sharply right at a very large intersection onto gravel FS 1650. Stay left at an unmarked junction at about 3 miles, and park along the shoulder just beyond this junction. The trailhead is a scenic 15 minute walk from here.


From Hood River: Follow Tucker Road and Dee Highway to the old mill site at Dee. Fork right onto the Lost Lake Highway, and follow signs to Lost Lake at various twists and turns through orchards and forest. Turn left onto paved Lolo Pass Road, drop to a crossing of the West Fork Hood River, then climb to the junction with paved FS 16. Turn left here and follow the remaining directions from the Zigzag approach.


Coordinates: 45.443267, -121.729225


September 7, 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Vista Ridge Trailhead
Vista Ridge Trail #626
Mount Hood, OR 97041 United States
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